It's hard not to notice my affinity for Blue Rodeo by virtue of the name of my publishing company. I did ask their permission, by the way. The band resonates with me for a number of reasons. The first time I saw them was at an open air concert when I was a student at Queen's University in Kingston. They had me at "she sees the world through rose-coloured glasses." I was twenty-something, my heart had just been broken, as it is in one's 20's and I was swaying under the stars with a white plastic cup of university approved beer, singing my lungs out,
"Every time you walk in the room
I couldn't ever be sure of a smile
You were never the same way twice,
I'm falling in love
Oh, night after night - oh it's crazy...ooh"
Jim Cuddy, Greg Keelor and the boys got me. They really got me.
Not only are they Canadian, Jim and Greg grew up in Toronto. They have been friends since high school. They write and sing about their experiences: good, bad and ugly. They seem to have playful senses of humour and they work very, very hard. Blue Rodeo have played at the Kee to Bala in Muskoka for over 25 years and I have not missed a weekend. Canadian pride, friendship, loyalty, writing from the soul, hard work, a Muskoka connection, these are attributes important to me.
At the same time, I am jumping into an entirely new arena, trying to figure it out as I go along and hoping to encourage a few other burgeoning writers to come on this adventure with me. I may be slightly lost at times, but with so many wonderful helpers and guides on this journey with me, and a supporting soundtrack for life from my favourite band, I never feel alone.